Capital Insiders: Fmr. MACo Legislative Director Andrea Mansfield joins Manis, Canning, & Associates

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Andrea E. Mansfield, Legislative Director at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), will be joining the Manis, Canning, & Associates Firm in mid-December as an Associate. Andrea's broad experience and involvement with the Maryland Legislature on policy, fiscal and budget matters will strengthen the firm's support of client goals with the legislative and executive branches of state and local governments.

For the last 15 years, Andrea has had increasingly more responsibility for forging and shepherding the programs and legislative agendas of MACo and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) through the Maryland General Assembly. As MACo's Legislative Director, her last six years were spent advising, crafting and implementing the common agendas and legislative goals of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City in the Maryland House and Senate, and with the Administration and its executive agencies.

"Andrea has been a visible and important part of MACo's successes in her time here," said Executive Director Michael Sanderson in a statement. "She has worked tirelessly on counties' behalf, and has been a tremendous leader and part of our team."

At MHEC, she served in positions of increasing responsibility managing the agency's legislative and higher education fiscal policy agenda. She served as Special Assistant, Director of Financial Aid, and Assistant Secretary of Finance Policy for Higher Education. She also successfully managed programs totaling more than $110 million.

Prior to 2000, Andrea held analytic, advisory, policy and advocacy positions within Maryland's Executive Branch at the Maryland Department of Budget and Management and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation(DLLR). She served as Legislative Liaison to the Maryland Legislature for both of these Departments and began her career as the Legislative Liaison for the Maryland Classified Employees Association. She established the first Office of Governmental affairs at the newly created DLLR in 1995.

The recipient of a Master of Policy Sciences from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, Andrea, her husband Bob, and their 3 children, reside in Odenton.

She will join Mike Canning, Nick Manis, Joe Bryce and John Favazza to round out the Manis Canning team in the firm’s efforts during the 2016 Session of the Maryland General Assembly.

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